MPR News has created this map to illustrate the current level of frac sand mining in Minnesota. … It’s the most comprehensive map to date showing frac sand mining activity in Minnesota. …
The data show there are 17 active silica sand mining facilities in Minnesota, with at least 21 more in the planning stages. The frac sand facilities on the map are classified by their current operational status.
• Active: means the facility is currently mining, processing or transporting frac sand.
• Proposed: means the facility has submitted paperwork to be approved for frac sand operations.
• Prospect: indicates that either the facility is on hold due to a local moratorium or that no paperwork has been submitted, although intent has been indicated.
Frac sand mining tends to be concentrated in southeastern Minnesota, with clusters of proposed or prospect facilities in Fillmore and Houston counties.
The highest concentration of active frac sand facilities is in and around the city of Winona.